LONDON (Reuters) - Unilever is recalling Pot Noodles seasoning from all stores in the United States due to an allergy concern, a spokesman said on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO: A Unilever logo is seen at the Miko factory in Saint-dizier, near Marseille, France, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo
The company started recalling the noodle seasoning on Thursday after it was told by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that at least five people had reported it was causing anaphylaxis. It announced the recall on Friday.
Anaphylaxis causes a rapid increase in blood pressure and breathing problems that can prove fatal. No deaths have been linked to the recall.
On Sunday, Unilever said a related product, Little Noodles, was also being recalled by the FDA due to “an insufficient level of the active ingredient in a second product.” Little Noodles contains dried spaghetti powder, according to the package.
“Since Thursday, March 7, 2019, Unilever has received seven reports of anaphylaxis,” it said in a statement.
The FDA had not been aware of more than four reports, and its website now shows no such reports.
Unilever says it takes its consumers’ health “very seriously.”
The affected product is sold nationally, but in some stores it is also sold under the Pot Noodles brand name. In July, it bought privately held Asian noodle maker Yongtai, expanding its presence in the market.
Pot Noodles “is one of the leading noodle brands in the United States,” Unilever said. “We are providing a full refund to all affected consumers.”
The company has also notified retailers of the recall.